Call for Applications: Saving Children's and Mothers' lives: Photography as a Tool for Social Change

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21 Febrero 2013

The Call for Applications is now closed.

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is happy to share you with this wonderful opportunity to be part of a new and exciting global project – Participatory photography as a tool for social change! 

WAGGGS has partnered with Photovoice – a photography charity - to implement this initiative on child and maternal health in line with the 2013 World Thinking Day themes of MDGs 4 and 5.

The project aims to teach and empower girls and young women aged 15-24 to use photography as a way of exploring the state of child and maternal health issues in their communities, and a tool for social change, which will amplify their voices locally and internationally through showcasing their photos in exhibitions. It is an excellent opportunity to be part of the global efforts to save children’s and mothers’ lives and raise awareness in your community and globally. The project will consist of three tiers:                                                                   

  • Training of leaders  in Pax Lodge, London (no age limit)
  • Workshops organized by trained leaders for 10-15 girls and young women in MO countries (15-24 years old)
  • Organization of exhibitions/events to showcase girls’ and young women’s photographs and attract the required attention to the child and maternal health issues.    

 Apply to participate in the training now! 


Continuing in its proud tradition of empowering girls and young women to speak out and become active citizensphotovoice of their community, WAGGGS will organize a training on participatory photography at Pax Lodge World Centre in London. Participants will be provided with all the necessary equipment, including individual cameras. The workshop will introduce participants to digital photography and visual literacy, and to techniques of storytelling and documentary. 

Following full training and issue-specific preparation on child and maternal health from PhotoVoice and WAGGGS, the volunteers will travel back to their counties and deliver photography courses with groups of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in their country.                                                 © Matt Daw / PhotoVoice

Why Photography? Photography is a highly flexible tool that crosses cultural and linguistic barriers and can be adapted to all abilities. Its power lies in its dual role as an art form and a means to record facts. It is an excellent way to define realities, communicate perspectives and raise awareness of important social and global issues. Its ease of dissemination encourages sharing and increases the potential to generate dialogue and discussion.

Photography courses can be delivered in a range of ways, from five x five hour courses, to weekend sessions, to being part of week long camps.  The young people attending the course will share their work with each other to generate discussion and debate about issues relevant to children and maternal health, which they have chosen to explore. They will be supported to edit their selection into a body of work and write/record captions to accompany the photographs.

At the end of the workshops, the work from all groups will be evaluated and the best photographs (identified through a participatory approach) will be selected for exhibitions in their local communities, as well as at international events where WAGGGS will be represented to stimulate greater support for implementation of MDGs 4 and 5 and greater understanding of the roles girls and young women can and should play in development.

Nomination of participants for the training of leaders at Pax Lodge by MOs and further MO support through implementation of the project (including organization of training and exhibition) on the ground is a requirement for the application


  • The project will establish a pool of trained trainers, who will act as experts and resource persons to support delivering the programme to young women and to set up projects on photography as a tool for communication and advocacy.                                                         photovoice
  • These trainers will initially deliver training to girls and young women aged 15-24, who will be empowered to use photography to identify the most urgent issues in their community, express their vision and speak out.
  • At least 10 exhibitions/events will be organized with MOs and at a global level, to ensure the voice of young women on the issue of child mortality and maternal health is heard                                                                             © PhotoVoice
  • Guidelines to use photography as a tool for communications and advocacy will be developed and distributed.  Organizations unable to attend the first training of trainers sessions will receive guidance from the established pool of experts composed of the volunteers trained through this project. For interested groups, we will provide two facilitated learning experiences through webinars 


  • WAGGGS will deliver training on participatory photography (training of leaders) at Pax Lodge World Centre. 
  • WAGGGS will fund the registration fee for all participants for this course.
  • WAGGGS will provide limited funding to participants to cover travel, accommodation and living expenses.
  • WAGGGS will provide individual cameras and hard drives for backup storage to all the training participants in London.
  • WAGGGS and Photovoice will provide online consultancy for setting up exhibitions and organizing events in your countries.
  • WAGGGS will share best practices from other MOs 


  • Increased awareness of MO members on children and maternal health and other international development issues
  • Increased public profile through organization of exhibitions/events
  • Opportunity to enhance achievement of MDGs on maternal and child health in their community/country though highlighting the existing issues and advocating for change through showcasing of the photos/captions in local and international exhibitions.
  • Increased interest in Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting
  • Opportunity for MO members’ works to be exhibited on the international level
  • “In-house” pool of trained volunteers to implement participatory photography projects on other themes and campaigns
  • Increased access to partners and networks on the ground
  • Increased partnership and experience sharing with other MOs participating in the project


  • Empowered to use photography as communication and advocacy tool and equipped with tools and skills to use digital photography as a way to record and communicate their experiences, observations and perspectives
  • Their experiences and perspectives around MDGs 4 and 5 are highlighted and discussed in their communities and across the world through showcasing of their photos and captions in local and international exhibitions and campaign materials.
  • Increased awareness of the issues affecting their communities and international development issues in general
  • Opportunity to communicate with GGGS engaged in similar projects in other countries
  • Improved exposure to other opportunities in the field 

Details of the Event

Venue:    Pax Lodge, London, UK

Date:     13 - 17 May 2013

Cost:      500 USD (which covers breakfast, lunch and dinner and accommodation for 6 days)   

Closing date for applications: 25 March 2013

Selection of participants: 2 April 2013

Spaces are limited, so please apply as soon as possible. Please download the application information and application form for the event here.

The information is also available in French and Spanish.

For any questions, please contact Anush Aghabalyan at:  

PhotoVoice’s vision is for a world in which no one is denied the opportunity to speak out and be heard. Working in partnerships with other charities, NGOs and community organisations PhotoVoice designs and delivers tailor-made participatory photography, digital storytelling and self-advocacy projects for socially excluded groups.
PhotoVoice has implemented projects with organizations, such as Amnesty International, World Vision, UNICEF, Save the Children, and others and has won a number of awards for its work.pv logo